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Taiwan Pavilion at Shanghai Expo to be sold in public tender

2010. 31 August

by Shu-yuan and Maubo Chang

( The Taiwan External Trade Development Council began to invite bids Monday for Taiwan's pavilion featured at the 2010 Shanghai Expo and fixed its floor price at NT$416.88 million (US$13 million).

According to the tender notice issued by the council, the deadline for tendering bids is Sept. 15, and the successful bidder will be chosen and announced the next day.

The council, which built and operated the pavilion at a cost of NT$1 billion at the Shanghai Expo, said the value of the pavilion and its logo is estimated at about NT$600 million to NT$700 million.

The council said it set the pavilion's floor price below its estimated value because the successful bidder will have to dismantle it and rebuild it in Taiwan at a cost of NT$338 million.

The council said it was ready to provide tender forms to interested buyers on Monday, and listed the governments of Taipei County and Chiayi City, and Yamay Recreation World, a theme park in Houli, Taichung County, as likely bidders.

Hualien, Kinmen and Miaoli counties and Keelung City have also expressed interest in purchasing the pavilion, according to the council.

The building, shaped like a sky lantern with a transparent exterior made of glass, was designed by prominent Taiwanese architect C. Y. Lee. It stands 23.8 meters above the ground and has floor space of 1,400 square meters.

At its center is a ball 16 meters in diameter consisting of 1 million LEDS that displays various images reflecting Taiwan's natural beauty and diverse culture. Inside the ball is a 12-meter wide screen that shows films of Taiwan.

According to the trade body, the Taiwan Pavilion has been one of the most popular exhibits at the Shanghai Expo, drawing more than 400,000 visitors thus far.

According to the tender notice, the successful bidder will get not only the building, but also its logo and two sets of computer software used to control the display of LED images.

The software has a market value of more than NT$200 million, according to the tender notice.

The winner of the tender will be required to relocate the pavilion after the expo closes on Oct. 31. A local shipping company has promised to help whoever acquires the pavilion ship it back to Taiwan without charge. (